The Flyers entered this game in a bit of a slump, after losing 2 straight, but the Maple Leafs came into the Wells Fargo Center tonight in an even worse slump, 6 straight losses that dropped them from 3rd place to 10th in the conference. The Leafs needed this one bad and it's obvious the stress of their slide was getting to them. They were picking fights all night, but the Flyers can play that game as well as anyone and really punished the Leafs on the power play on the way to a 4-2 victory.
NBC finally got it right with their Wednesday Night Rivalry crap. Definitely don't have to force the rivalry here like they did when the Flyers played the Red Wings. Nope, tonight is as heated as they get.
The Flyers have lost 7 in a row at Madison Square Garden and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has become quite the thorn in the Flyers' side. Hank has won against the Flyers 26 of the 39 times they've played.
Both teams are coming in with momentum, the Rangers a bit more perhaps, on the heels of a 4 game win streak. The Flyers may have dropped Monday's contest to the Kings, but they were peaking in the 3rd period. Hopefully that carries over tonight.
The Rangers currently hold a 1 point advantage over Philly with 84 points, albeit with 2 games more played. A win tonight puts the Flyers at 85 points and in the driver's seat for 2nd in the Metropolitan. A loss puts them back in the disheveled mess that is the 3rd, 4th and 5th spot.
Don't mean to get to far ahead, but we may look back on this as the most important game of the regular season once things play out. Puck drop is at 8:00 pm. Go Flyers!
The 5 game win streak Philadelphia has assembled was on the line tonight against a Los Angeles Kings team that has won 10 of its previous 13 games. Jonathan Quick shined for the Kings tonight and aptly named Dwight King had the game winning goal to halt the momentum the Flyers were building in the third period.
I feel sorry for you if you didn't catch the ending to this one. After losing in Chicago 7-2 in December the Flyers came out on top against the Blackhawks tonight 3-2 thanks to captain Claude Giroux, who beat rookie Antti Raanta over his shoulder with 4 seconds left in overtime, a complete display of why Giroux is such a great captain.
We're a little light on the Flyers coverage this weekend, I'll admit. As you know by now, Saint Joseph's won the Atlantic 10 tournament this weekend, so I had to be present in Brooklyn to make some new enemies, mostly in the form of VCU and St. Bonaventure fans. On a weekend when the Flyers sweep the Penguins though, you deserve Flyers coverage, and Flyers coverage you shall get.
We may have finally seen the last of Marty Brodeur in Philadelphia after tonight's game, unless he decides to pull a Brett Favre and hang on to his career a little too long. (which he's debatably already doing) This did not end up being the main narrative tonight though. The general theme by the end of the game was outrage, outrage at a goal by Scott Hartnell with 40 seconds left that was called no good by the ref less than a half a second after it went in.
The Flyers won a nail-biter tonight. It shouldn't have been that way, as they led 4-1 going into the third, but Washington took advantage of some power play chances to bring it back to 5-4 with 6 minutes left. Ultimately the Flyers held on for a 6-4 win and a win in the season series versus the Capitals 3-1-1.
Flyers Trade Deadline Roundup
This trade deadline roundup was admittedly more fun last year when there were more moves being made. Hey, remember Kent Huskins? The fact that there were only 2 moves made though, none being a huge shake up, is a good thing for the Flyers though.
The Flyers have dealt defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins in return for a conditional third-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Meszaros became a disposable commodity after the Flyers acquired Andrew MacDonald from the Islanders on Tuesday.
The Flyers came out a bit sluggish today, most likely due to the quick turnover from yesterday's 4-2 win vs. New York, but thanks to Vinny Lecavalier they battled back from a 4-2 deficit to steal an OT win in Washington 5-4.